How To Safely View The Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the United States.  Only a narrow zone – from Oregon to South Carolina – is in the “path of totality,” and will be able to see the total covering of the sun by the moon, but viewers from all over the continental US will be able to see a partial eclipse (http://time.com/4882923/total-solar-eclipse-map-places-view/).

Solar eclipses are amazing, but also dangerous.  Staring directly at the sun can cause blindness.  Make sure you’re protected! – https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

Science Over Stigma

A Symposium on Treating the Opioid Epidemic in Southern Delaware

In recognition of National Recovery Month, this FREE event will feature experts in the area of medication-assisted treatment and other evidence-based practices that are the scientifically proven best ways to treat opioid dependence.

WHEN
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
8:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT

WHERE
Heritage Shores Clubhouse
1 Heritage Shores Circle | Bridgeville, DE 19933

Register HERE

2016 Year In Review

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are pleased to share with you our 2016 Year In Review via the following link.   Its intent is to update you on activities during the prior year, and to engage you in upcoming projects and activities.  We focus on key areas: our programs, our collaborations, our interns, and our publication – the Delaware Journal of Public Health.
As always, we deeply appreciate your engagement in, and support of, the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association.
Please reach out to us with any feedback and suggestions you may have.

87th Annual Meeting Photo Gallery

Please click the following link to view photos from the 87th Annual Meeting of the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association. All photos by Scott Ellis.

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Innovative Discoveries Series

Pursuing the Promise of Community Based Participatory Research:
Opportunities to Partner with Delaware Health and Social Services

Presented by
Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS, Secretary of Health and Social Services

The talk will focus on Dr. Odom Walker’s background and experiences in community based participatory research, patient centered outcomes research, and potential opportunities to partner with the Department in key areas of policy and research interest.  Different approaches to partnered research, developing research questions, and how to engage with a state-entity as a research partner will also be reviewed.

Free!  Lunch will be served!

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

 

Friday, Aug 18, 2017
Noon to 1 p.m.
In-person: Christiana Hospital, Room 1100
Online: Watch live at https://bluejeans.com/361095905
Or join meeting ID 361095905 on the BlueJeans app on your smartphone or tablet

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Statement on Vaccines

Vaccines Continue to be Tested and Proven Safe

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2017). American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines. Retrieved from https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-Emphasizes-Safety-and-Importance-of-Vaccines.aspx

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Infant Immunizations FAQs. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/parent-questions.html

Institute of Medicine. (2004). Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism. Retrieved from https://www.nap.edu/catalog/10997/immunization-safety-review-vaccines-and-autism

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2015).  Thimerosal in Vaccines: Questions and Answers. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/QuestionsaboutVaccines/UCM070430#q5

In light of recent claims by politicians or appointees that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, or contain dangerous products like Thimerosal, the public health community and the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association continue to come down on the side of science.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research is responsible for regulating vaccines in the United States.  Before a vaccine can be licensed for public use, it must be tested for safety in the laboratory, in animals, and in human clinical trials.  Human clinical trials include looking for common adverse events in a few participants (phase 1), several hundred volunteers looking for local reactions and general side effects like fever (phase 2), and establishing the effectiveness of the vaccine and determining less common side effects with thousands of participants (phase 3).  If a vaccine is to be given at the same time as another vaccine, the two vaccines are tested together (FDA, 2015).  If a dangerous effect is found, that vaccine is not licensed for public use.

Vaccines are continuously monitored following licensure by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which is run by both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The VAERS is a national system that collects all reports of adverse events following vaccination.  Phase 4 clinical studies are also conducted to further evaluate the new vaccine, and population based studies are conducted through the use of databases like the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) for the lifetime of the use of the vaccine (FDA, 2015).

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Immunization Safety Review Committee “favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism” (IOM, 2004).  Despite this finding, “all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age or younger and marketed in the U.S. contain no thimerosal or only trace amounts” (FDA, 2015).

“Infants and young children who follow immunization schedules that spread out shots – or leave out shots – are at risk of developing diseases during the time that shots are delayed” (CDC, 2016). Vaccines “keep communities healthy, and protect some of the most vulnerable in our society” (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017).  The Delaware Academy of Medicine will continue to advocate for vaccines and vaccine use in the state of Delaware and the United States.

Global Health Grand Rounds @Christiana Care

GLOBAL HEALTH SERIES: Refugee Healthcare in Our Community

Our speakers will be:
Elizabeth Joyce, MD: Third year resident at Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Jarett Beaudoin, MD: Third year resident at Sidney Kimmel Medical College

REGISTER ONLINE

The Global Health Residency Tracks of Christiana Care Health System, in partnership with the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association, are pleased to invite you to this month’s global health talk.

In preparation for this session, please download and read “Primary Care for Refugees: Challenges and Opportunities”

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
5:30 – 6:30 pm
LIVE: Ammon Medical Education Center – Back Auditorium
BROADCAST: Room 2, Brandywine Conference Center – Wilmington Hospital

Future Talks

September 20, 2017 – Maternal Child Health Through Seed Global Health

Climate & Health Conference

On June 6, 2017, the Delaware Academy of Medicine was delighted to attend the Delaware Climate & Health Conference.

The event brought together health and medical professionals, environmental and social groups, and critical stakeholder services to explore the ways climate change is challenging public and environmental health in Delaware.

CLICK HERE to view the content of the conference for yourself!

August Awareness

August is the month of…

Children’s Eye Health & Safety – http://yoursightmatters.com/august-childrens-eye-health-safety-month/
Gastroparesis Awareness – https://aboutgastroparesis.org/living-with-gastroparesis/gastroparesis-awareness-month.html
National Breastfeeding Month – http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/nbm
National Immunization Awareness – https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam.html
Psoriasis Awareness – http://www.everydayhealth.com/psoriasis/guide/
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness – https://globalgenes.org/raredaily/august-is-spinal-muscular-atrophy-awareness-month/
Medic Alert Awareness – https://www.medicalert.org/tags/medicalert-awareness-month

The week of …

Aug 1-7: Breastfeeding Week – http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/
Aug 1 – 7: National Minority Donor Awareness Week – https://www.organdonor.gov/awarenessweek/awarenessweek.html
Aug 8 – 14: National Health Center Week – https://healthcenterweek.org/
Aug 21 – 25: Contact Lens Health Week – https://www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/contact-lens-health-week.html

The day of…

3: National Night Out Against Crime – https://natw.org/
9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People – http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/

Discovery’s 3 Part Documentary: First in Human

The National Institutes of Health is proud to announce the premiere of Discovery’s three-part documentary, First in Human, which features the real-life experiences of patients, their families, doctors, researchers, staff, and caregivers at the NIH Clinical Center, the nation’s largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research. Airing on three sequential Thursday evenings on August …